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Groupe Bel+

With this Barcelona World Race Kito de Pavant is hoping to put the abandoned Vendée Globe (due to boat damage) behind him and to complete his first circumnavigation of the globe. He has an exceptional partner with which to do so in the form of Sébastien Audigane.

Kito de Pavant

22/06/2010 - Convoyage de Groupe Bel (IMOCA 60) avec Kito Depavant***22/06/2010 - Boat delivery of Groupe Bel (IMOCA 60) with her skipper Kito Depavant

Birthplace: Dordogne (France)
Residence: Monferrier-sur-Lez (Hérault, France)
Marital Status: woth partner, five children
Age at start: 50
Previous entrant in the BWR: No
Team website: www.sharingsmilestour.com

Sébastien Audigane

13/03/2010 - La Grande Motte / Port Camargue (FRA) - Groupe Bel - Entra?ment Kito de Pavant / S?stien Audigane en vue de la Transat AG2R 2010***13/03/2010 -  La Grande Motte / Port Camargue (FRA) - Groupe Bel - Kito de Pavant / Sebastien Audigane training for Transat AG2R

Birthplace: Brest (France)

Residence: Port Louis, France
Marital Status: with partner, 3 childrens
Age at start: 42
Previous entrant in the BWR: No
Team website: www.sharingsmilestour.com

Track record +
Track record +

The boat

Groupe Bel is the boat Kito de Pavant has taken the equivalent of twice around the world. The VPLP / Verdier design caused a sensation along with Marc Guillemot's Safran in the last Vendée Globe for their lightness, with radical solutions and outstanding performance downwind. Kito came to the solo round the world challenge with a second place in the Transat B to B, but unfortunately a broken mast halted his great project. Back with force and with a new mast, the Frenchman took Groupe Bel to a magnificent second place in the Transat Jacques Vabre, sailing double-handed with François Gabart (Michel Desjoyeaux's partner on Foncia for this Barcelona World Race).

Technical Characteristics+

Designer: VPLP / Verdier
Shipyard: Indiana Yachting (Italy)
Launch: 6 september 2007
Previous names: N/A
Length: 18.28 m
Beam: 5.5 m